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08-12-2011, 12:05 PM
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The Hockey News predicts Habs will finish 8th in East

...according to their annual yearbook.

1. Washington (Stanley Cup Champs)
2. Pittsburgh
3. Boston
4. Philadelphia
5. Buffalo
6. Tampa Bay
7. New York Rangers
8. Montreal

9. Carolina
10. Toronto
11. New Jersey
12. New York Islanders
13. Winnipeg
14. Florida
15. Ottawa

Plus, here's our current top 10 prospects according to them:

1. Louis Leblanc
2. Nathan Beaulieu
3. Jarred Tinordi
4. Danny Kristo
5. Alexander Avtsin
6. Michael Bournival
7. Aaron Palushaj
8. Joonas Nattinen
9. Mark MacMillan
10. Brendan Gallagher

edit: There's also an article on Subban/Gill.


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That seems fair to me - they could finish anywhere between 3rd and 10th, IMO, depending on a ton of variables. 8th seems like a safe bet since we're usually around there.

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I think of the top 8 listed the team which will bomb == NYR and a lucky bottom feeder will make it.

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If the Habs can avoid major injuries to their key players for once, they can finish anywhere in the top 6...they just need Markov/Subban/Plekanec/Cammy/Cole/Gionta to all play 70+ games.

Also, add in obvious health for Price.

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I think the brackets for (Stanley Cup Champs) means that the team that defeats them will become them right?

Realistically, 7th-8th is where I see us ending up although it wouldn't completely surprise me if we ended up 4th-5th because we will (hopefully) have a healthy Markov and Gorges, plus the addition of Cole.

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Again? It seems that every year our best case scenario is 8th, so this would be it. Now cue the 10 other magazines who rate us out of the playoffs. Screw 'em all, I say we beat 8th.

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According to their guide, the habs will pot +-220goals next year

(195 of them coming from 9 players.. so I'm assuming that the 12 other players can pot each two goals for a total of 219, and that's being pessimistic.)

So yeah, 220 goals puts them at aroung 15th in the league in term of offense, but with a defensive system like Martin's, they should go way higher than 8th.

****** magazine.

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According to their guide, the habs will pot +-220goals next year

(195 of them coming from 9 players.. so I'm assuming that the 12 other players can pot each two goals for a total of 219, and that's being pessimistic.)

So yeah, 220 goals puts them at aroung 15th in the league in term of offense, but with a defensive system like Martin's, they should go way higher than 8th.

****** magazine.
Their yearbook rankings are done by the THN staff themselves, whereas the pool guides stat predictions are done by "stats guru" Murray Townsend.

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According to their guide, the habs will pot +-220goals next year

(195 of them coming from 9 players.. so I'm assuming that the 12 other players can pot each two goals for a total of 219, and that's being pessimistic.)

So yeah, 220 goals puts them at aroung 15th in the league in term of offense, but with a defensive system like Martin's, they should go way higher than 8th.

****** magazine.
I was thinking the same thing when I saw the thread title. It doesn't make any sense. Their offensive predictions are higher than what we got in 07-08, and yet they place us 8th...

Definetly **** magazine

Glad I don't print it.

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Seems pretty accurate. As usual we're a 6th to 8th type team.

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it's either 3rd or 5th imo.

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8th if we trade Kostitsyn
3rd if we keep Kostitsyn

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According to their guide, the habs will pot +-220goals next year

(195 of them coming from 9 players.. so I'm assuming that the 12 other players can pot each two goals for a total of 219, and that's being pessimistic.)

So yeah, 220 goals puts them at aroung 15th in the league in term of offense, but with a defensive system like Martin's, they should go way higher than 8th.

****** magazine.
How many goals do you guys think the Habs will get this year? I made a prediction and ended up with 237 for the entire team.

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How many goals do you guys think the Habs will get this year? I made a prediction and ended up with 237 for the entire team.
I'm not good at doing this, but they do have 6 proven 20 goals scorer. I'm not talking about some 1 time fluke, but year in, year out 20 goals scorer.

I think this team could get aroung 230 goals. Which gives them 2.8 GPG. With Carey having a GAA of about 2.2 it will be great!

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We are finishing 3rd and will win the North East division this year! Book it.

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I don't really care about these predictions. The only thing I'm curious is that we finished ahead of Buffalo and NYR last year, we added Markov, Cole and Gorges to our roster, yet we're dropping.
I'm pretty sure they would have rated Toronto or NJ higher up if they acquired Cole, Markov and Gorges. So obviously, I don't agree with them.
I also don't see Philly being 4th. Not at all.

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8th if we trade Kostitsyn
3rd if we keep Kostitsyn
So if we got a better return on Kostitsyn we would still do worse?

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god I hate being an endlessly 8th place team.

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god I hate being an endlessly 8th place team.
Yes, because the hockey news predicted it, it will happen.

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shocker...lol but if Lombardi is healthy wouldnt be surprised if Leafs squeak in. That was a weird trade from Nsh

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Switch Montreal and Tampa. Switch Tampa and NYR. Voila. Deja vu.

I bet they used the same 8 West team that made the playoffs last year too?

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god I hate being an endlessly 8th place team.
LOL you guys crack me up! One publication keeps putting us 8th & you guys think it's written in stone. Where else do you think we belong 2nd? Toronto keeps getting placed 10th, ask them what they think.

Anyway somethings gotta give, because I seriously doubt Jersey has another bad year, they are way to good.

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Looks good to me. Glad to see New Jersey that low, they are so over rated on these boards.

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I don't really care about these predictions. The only thing I'm curious is that we finished ahead of Buffalo and NYR last year, we added Markov, Cole and Gorges to our roster, yet we're dropping.
Ok, so I guess you think it's statu quo for New York and Buffalo. Have you heard of a guy named Brad Richards ? Maybe Regehr, Leino, Kotalik and Ehroff ring a bell.

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Ok, so I guess you think it's statu quo for New York and Buffalo. Have you heard of a guy named Brad Richards ? Maybe Regehr, Leino, Kotalik and Ehroff ring a bell.
Buffalo is so overrated. The importance of Richards to the Rangers as well.

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